Paul Franks signs extended Nottinghamshire contract

Paul Franks
Franks has twice helped Notts win the County Championship

Nottinghamshire stalwart Paul Franks has signed a new contract that will see him remain at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2013 season.

The 32-year-old all-rounder made his first-class debut in 1996 and has played his entire career with Notts.

"I set myself the challenge early on in my career to stay with Nottinghamshire until I retire and that is still my ambition," said Franks.

Franks will have played 18 seasons with his home county by the end of his deal.

Mansfield-born Franks made a solitary England one-day international appearance against the West Indies in 2000 and helped his county to Championship wins in 2005 and 2010.

The all-rounder, who has a first-class batting average of 27.78 and has taken 496 wickets at 32.58, hopes to continue to play a key role in the next two seasons.

"I have a responsibility to try and pass knowledge on to younger players but my desire to make a contribution to a successful side remains the same," Franks added.

"We have lost three senior players in Ali Brownexternal-link, Mark Wagh and Charlie Shreck but Michael Lumb will improve our side and there is more to come from within the squad as well and I include myself in that.

"I was a bit disappointed with my Championship form at times last season as I felt that there games where I bowled well without reward and others where I couldn't find the form of 2010.

"We were dynamic in the 20-over competition and solid in the 40-over competition but we've had a chance to reflect on the season and we know where improvements can be made.

"I am proud to play for Nottinghamshire and I hope to continue to play my part for a good number of years."

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